Creamy Crunchy Baked Chicken


Chicken is such a versatile and easy to prepare dinner protein.  However, I hear over and over from my clients that they get easily bored with chicken. 

I’m sharing this recipe because it is one of the recipes I’ve gotten the most positive feedback on from my clients.  They love that it’s easy, very tasty and that their kids love it. 

True Dinner Story

I was making this baked chicken recipe last week so I could snap a photo of the finished product. My 8-year-old daughter asked me what we were having for dinner.  When I said chicken, she let out a big “uhh.”

I told her it was the chicken she liked.  Then she came back with “I don’t like chicken at all anymore.”  Sometimes I just can’t keep up with which days she likes what… lol. Anyways, she walks into the kitchen as I’m just finishing up step 4 of the recipe.  Then she blurts out in excitement, “Oh, that chicken, I love that chicken.”  

Image: A dinner plate with baked chicken, broccoli, and sweet potatoes (Creamy Crunchy Baked Chicken Dina Garcia Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Creamy Crunchy Baked Chicken

Dina Garcia
This recipe is sure to produce a perfectly cooked juicy chicken breast underneath a light layer of creamy crunchiness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 pound chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thickness or less
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp parsley, dried
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs whole wheat if available


  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray/oil, arrange chicken breasts evenly across the pan.
  • In a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, and parsley.
  • Divide an equal portion of the mayo mixture on top of each chicken breast. Spread the mixture to evenly cover each chicken breast.
  • Sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs evenly over each chicken breast.
  • Bake chicken for about 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 155-160ºF. 
  • Turn the oven to broil and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until the chicken has reached an internal temperate of at least 165ºF and the bread crumbs are crispy & browned. 
  • Plate and enjoy!
Keyword chicken

As a dietitian-nutritionist I understand that everyone has different dietary needs. If you need substitutions check out these ideas. 


Gluten-free:  Swap breadcrumbs for crushed gluten-free crackers.

Dairy-free:  Swap the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt.

Egg-free: Use vegan mayonnaise.

Pescatarian: Use cod or mahi mahi in place of the chicken and reduce the final internal cooking temperate to at least 145ºF instead of 165ºF 

Nut-free: Be sure to verify that ingredients are nut-free on the food label.

Kosher:  Good to go on this recipe if you follow the dairy-free swap and check for the kosher label on foods.

Give me some feedback in the comments below.  Did you like it? Was it easy?  Did your kids eat it?  What did you serve it with? Did you make any changes to this baked chicken recipe? 

Looking for a one-pot meal for busy weeknights? Give this recipe a try!

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Dina Garcia
After healing her relationship with food and reversing her pre-diabetes, Dina Garcia has developed a true passion for helping others live the happy, healthy lives they deserve, free from preoccupations with food and body image. As a dietitian-nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and founder of Vida Nutrition and Conscious Living, she is all about helping her clients ditch diets, build a healthy relationship with food and find practical solutions that make healthy eating DO-able. She’s constantly juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship but enjoys the flexibility that being her own boss provides her family. Dina has been featured in CBS Miami, Bustle, Self, Women’s Health, Livestrong, Thrillest, Simple Most, Business News Daily and more. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics in 2005 at Ball State University, then her supervised practice in 2006 at California State University, Fresno. You can follow Dina here: IG: FB: blog: